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Career Highlights

  • Creative instructional design and development professional with experience designing online, instructor-led training (ILT), and blended training solutions from inception to delivery
  • Extensive experience employing adult learning principles to create pedagogically-sound and engaging learning experiences based on standard systems design methodology (ADDIE)
  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Able to work effectively in a collaborative environment or autonomously
  • Expert technical skills using industry-standard applications to create interactive learning experiences (IMI levels 1-3)
  • Extensive experience developing style guides, designing and implementing standards that meet accessibility requirements (Section 508), enable interoperability, reusability, and track progress (SCORM® and AICC)

Professional Experience

Instructional Designer/Independent Contractor *

  • Provide instructional design services using adult learning strategies to design and develop online and ILT courseware using industry-standard technologies, methodologies, and learning strategies
  • Author proposals for RFQs RFPs outlining the scope of work, level of effort, estimated costs, and assumptions
  • Use various design strategies to evaluate existing courseware and recommend modifications to improve learner performance

Freelance Graphic/Web Designer and Developer*

  • Provide graphic and web design services including such products as custom logos, stationary, marketing collateral, web interface design, simple web development, augmenting/correcting photographs, etc.

Instructional Designer, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Temporary Assignment*

  • Provided course analysis/mapping, identified and implemented QA revisions, developed online assessments for the following courseware
  • HR Analytics, Six (6) Federal Sector HR Courses;
  • California Base Compensation;
  • General Base Compensation;
  • Behavioral Interviewing; and
  • Conflict Resolution

Instructional Designer, ICF International*

  • Worked with subject-matter experts (SME's) to identify critical knowledge, skills, and behaviors and develop scenarios
  • Developed training curricula for both soft and hard-skill courses
  • Designed interactive, instructor-led classroom training and storyboards for Web-based training with Level II and III interactivity
  • Mentor and coach junior instructional designers throughout the design process
  • Critically reviewed design documents, storyboards, instructor/participant guides, and other instructional materials produced by junior instructional designers for technical accuracy and instructional solidarity
  • Collaborated with a team of graphic artists, programmers, and narrators in the production of Web-based courseware

Instructional Technology Associate, ManTech International*

  • Sole eLearning instructional designer and developer for ManTech University, responsible for producing eLearning courses from concept to delivery
  • Designed and presented comprehensive solutions that address contributory cultural, procedural, policy and systems issues to complement training products
  • Responsible for designing graphics, animations, scripting, storyboarding, narrating, recording, and editing multimedia for courseware using industry-standard technologies
  • Assist ILT trainers to develop course materials, activities, and job aids to enhance classroom learning

DoD, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-Laboratory Hub

Operations/IT Infrastructure Support Task Lead, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

  • Managed team tasking, supervised operations, completed project objectives, prepared project documents and deliverables on time and within budget
  • Led and coordinated the efforts of a team of four
  • Developed and maintained Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) with high-level activities and detailed tasks for office and contractual operations to meet overall project objectives
  • Exercised diplomacy and employed active listening skills with customers, stakeholders, and other contractors within the facility

ADL OPM TMA PMO Finance Associate, Windwalker Corporation

  • Provided financial performance oversight of all OPM TMA programs, projects, and sub-projects
  • Maintained all ADL-related documentation including contracts, contract status, and funding
  • Established work procedures and standards to improve efficiency and effectiveness of assigned operations
  • Analyzed and tracked OPM TMA overall program financial performance

ADL Office & Event Coordinator, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

  • Performed project management duties to include budget assessment, forecasting, and performance reporting
  • Planned and orchestrated on-site workshops, meetings, and conferences, and managed off-site events including venue selection, exhibitors and presenters, registration, catering, logistics, and audiovisual equipment integration
  • Designed graphics and provided desktop publishing support for events including: signage, presentations, and online collaboration site (SharePoint)

Freelance Production Stage Manager, DC Metropolitan Area Theaters, Various Companies

  • Coordinated over 20 theatrical projects from pre- to post-production, seamlessly directing efforts of up to 40 artistic professionals
  • Assembled and led teams in facilitating high quality productions within budget while maintaining the artistic integrity of the show as intended by each director and design team
  • Analyzed and interpreted scripts, plans, models, and designs to ascertain technical and production requirements; archived technical details for each production for revival purposes
  • Developed comprehensive contingency plans ensuring safety of theater staff and patrons in the event of a natural disaster, loss of power, and/or medical emergencies

Business Planner & Analyst II, M&T Bank (formerly Allfirst Bank)

  • Supported administrative, financial, organizational, and clerical functions for Senior Vice President of the Not-for-Profit (NFP) Banking Group and 12 employees
  • Accelerated report generation and analyses by 70+% by automating financial data breakdown and preparing multiple reports to assist senior management with budget forecasting and sales projections


  • M.Ed., Instructional Design and Development, GMU
  • B.A. Theater, Production Stage Management, FSU

Honors and Affiliations

  • Honorary Member, Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA), 2011
  • Associate Member, eLearning Guild, 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Director, JFCOM, DoD, Joint Warfighting Center, 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation, NATO WG/IT&ED, 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Smithsonian Institute, 2001
  • Member, ΑΦΩ – Community Service Fraternity, 1996


  • Graphic Artist/Illustrator, An Instructional Media Selection Guide for Distance Learning, 2nd Ed., United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

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